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New Jersey Shark Tournament Overview 2019

As summer inches closer by the week, it is time for a roundup of this year’s shark fishing tournaments being held all across the Garden State from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Below is the recap from last year’s tournaments as well as a breakdown of the festivities and details for this year’s tournaments in 2019.

Results From 2018 Tournaments

South Jersey Shark Tournament In 2018, the South Jersey Shark Tournament was held in Cape May at the beginning of June with a total of 68 boats registered for the competition. A total of 161 sharks were caught over the course of the three-day tournament with the heaviest being a 278 lbs. thresher shark and the largest Mako caught in that weekend weighed in at 269 lbs. The top purse prize was valued at $325,000 for the largest shark in each category of the tournament.

 

Warriors For WarriorsThis shark fishing tournament benefits military veterans across the state. The tournament focuses on catching thresher and Mako sharks as well as having a tuna Calcutta aspect to the festivities. This smaller tournament featured fewer fishermen then others and ended with the anglers who won first place in their respective categories also able to take home 2nd and 3rd prize as well.

It would also, sadly, appear that the Warriors For Warriors tournament will not be taking place in 2019 as per the tournament’s website (warriorstournament.com).

Warriors for Warriors shark tournament

 

Brett T. Bailey Mako RodeoThis shark tournament also takes place in June, and is headquartered in Brielle, New Jersey. The largest Mako caught in the 2018 tournament was 729 lbs. This smashes the state record previously held at 401 lbs. The largest thresher shark caught during the tournament was 206 lbs. The prize money split up and awarded to the winning anglers came from a donation and entrance fee pot of $22,000.

Brett Taylor Shark Tournament

 

Mako ManiaThis tournament is one of two that follows Mako sharks over the course of the tournament weekend. This was a HUGE Mako tournament in 2018 and looks to be shaping up well for 2019. In 2018, over 1,200 fishermen from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York & Maryland flooded in to take part. The 2018 placing stats are not updated on the tournament’s website but the tournament is more than set to take place again in 2019 and is currently open for enrollment.

 

2019 Shark Tournaments

The shark tournament fishing season will begin in early June taking place in multiple venues and shore towns across the Garden State. Many of these tournaments will focus their catch on several shark species as well as larger ocean-going fish; including both blue and yellowfin tuna and marlin.

The preview below covers the tournaments going on in 2019 and gives details on what prizes await victorious anglers as well as how to sign up for each one. For any specific inquires or questions it is best to contact each tournament directly as sign ups could be filled or have changed since this posting.

 

South Jersey Shark Tournament 2019

The 39th annual South Jersey Shark Tournament will be taking place in Cape May at the South Jersey Marina. This year the tournament will run an extra day longer than previous contests and kicks off on, Thursday, June 5th. The winners of the tournament will be announced at the conclusion of fishing on June 9th.

One of the longer running and large shark tournaments in the state, the South Jersey Shark tournament for 2019 is expected to outdo the previous year’s participants in both the thresher and Mako shark categories. There are different options to competing in the tournament with prizes ranging from $6,500 ‘All-In’ Calcutta entries to the main purse that annually exceeds $325,000 in total prize money for winning crews. Signing up can be done on the South Jersey Tournament website (southjerseytournaments.com) and goes on until the tournament begins.

General entrance fees for the tournament are $600 per boat with an additional $300 docking fee for vessels that require dockage at the South Jersey Marina. There are several Calcutta options available over the course of the weekend as well and are highlighted by the Daily Double Calcutta, costing $600 but including Thursday, Friday and Saturday fishing. There are also jackpots exclusively for catching Mako sharks such as the ‘Mako Mania Jackpot’ ($1,000 separate entry) and the ‘Big Money Mako’ contest for the heaviest Mako caught throughout the weekend ($2,500 separate entry).

For those staying on shore, this large-scale tournament offers entertainment and dockside hospitality for all involved in the weekend’s festivities throughout the South Jersey Marina complex.

 

 

Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo 2019

The 18th annual Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo will be held on June 14th and 15th of 2019 in Brielle, New Jersey which is in Monmouth County. This tournament has been held every year in honor of the passing of Brett Bailey, who was a first responder to and left this world on September 11th, 2001. The tournament works hand in hand with the BTB Foundation that was created in Brett’s memory and allows support for military personnel and first responders who are in need of help.

The Mako Rodeo is a straight forward shark fishing tournament where the boat with the largest Mako wins this winner take all contest. The entrance fee is $600 for each boat. The rodeo tournament also offers five smaller Calcutta’s ranging from $100 to $500:

$100 First Mako Caught

$200 Mako (Largest)

$300 Thresher (Largest)

$200 Bluefin Tuna (Largest)

$500 Mako Magic Jackpot

Early registration is encouraged for this tournament and all boats who register by June 6th, 2019 receive a complimentary bottle of Kraken Rum with the name of their boat engraved on the bottle.

 

Mako Mania

Mako Mania is a shark fishing tournament that spans over two weekends in June on the 15th and 16th and then again on the 22nd and 23rd of June for 2019. Each day is billed separately at $500 per boat and turns into literal Mako mania out on the water for both weekends of the tournament. This is the 34th Mako Mania Tournament, but has since branched out to include thresher sharks as well.

Launch points can be found in three outlets: Shark River, Manasquan, or Barnegat. The purse includes upwards of $250,000 in prize money for both weekends. A brand new 2019 Chevy Silverado is also listed as a prize for the thresher shark portion of the tournament. More information and a signup sheet can be accessed on the tournament’s website (makomania.com).

NJ Boat Ramps Map

longitude latitude name description address city zip phone
-74.1341 39.9052 Rinderer's Marine
Concrete ramp
No fee
Sloop Creek Rd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-9494
-74.139 40.8112 Nutley Municipal Ramp
Concrete
Fee per launch
Park Avenue Nutley 07110 973-284-4966
-74.1594 40.7626 E.J. Vicent Waterfront Park
Concrete ramp
Permit required
Bergen Ave. Kearny 07032 201-955-7983
-73.9201 40.9548 Hazzard's Ramp
201-993-3253
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Palisades Interstate Park; Englewood Cl Englewood Cl 07632
-74.0604 40.6953 Liberty State Park
201-9150-3401
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Jersey City
-74.2026 40.6346 Elizabeth Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Front St. Elizabeth 908-820-4296
-74.2545 40.5454 Woodbridge Township Ramp
 
Cliff Rd. and Ferry St. Woodbridge
732-6340-4500
C
-74.4272 40.4907 Highland Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Yearly fee
Rest rooms
Foot of Second Ave. Highland Park 732-745-3900
-74.3832 40.4888 Edison Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Meadow Rd. Edison 732-248-7219
-74.3558 40.4745 Sayreville Muncipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
River Road Sayreville 08871 732-257-3700
-74.2752 40.4833 South Amboy boat Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
Foot of George St. South Amboy 732-727-0657
-74.2152 40.4357 Wagner's Twin Towers Marina
732-583-6930
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Amboy Rd.; Clifford Clifford
-74.2073 40.4357 Keyport MaineBasin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
West Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-9421
-74.1997 40.4389 Olsen Boat works
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-4198
-74.2026 40.4394 Keyport Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
American Legion Dr. and Lower Broad St. Keyport 07735 732-739-3900
-74.0607 40.4224 Leonardo State Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
24 hrs. Rest rooms
Concord Ave. Leonardo 732-291-1333
-74.037 40.4171 Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Foot of First Ave Atlantic Highlands 732-291-1670
-74.043 40.3661 Fair Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Batten Rd Fair Haven 732-747-0241
-74.0776 40.3509 Sea Land Marina
732-741-5753
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
West Front Street Red Bank
-74.0848 40.3489 Chris River Marina "
732-741-9676
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
"
West Front St. Red Bank
-73.9739 40.3351 Monmouth Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-229-2204
Small boats only
No fee
Route 36 (Ocean Ave) Monmouth Beach
-74.0026 40.3121 Pleasure Bay
Asphalt ramp
No fee
River Lane Long Branch 732-222-7000
-73.977 40.3173 Long Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-222-7000
Sand beach ocean launch site
Small boats only
No fee
Seven Presidents Park Ocean Ave Long Branch
-74.0287 40.189 Bry's Marine
732-775-7364
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Highway 35; Neptune Neptune 07753
-74.039 40.192 Shark River Hills Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Neptune 07753 732-775-7400
-74.043 40.1765 Belmar Marine Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Highway 35 Belmar 732-681-2266
-74.042 40.111 Manasquan Marine Center
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Brielle Road Manasquan 732-223-4277
-74.101 40.1245 Cove Haven Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Ridge Rd. Brick 08723 732-458-2016
-74.0514 40.0659 Point Pleasant Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Rest rooms
Foot of bay Ave. Pt. Pleasant 732-892-3434
-74.0939 40.026 Baywood Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Pilot Dr. Brick 08723 732-477-3322
-74.0772 40.058 Sherman's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Princeton Ave.; Brick Brick 08723 732-295-0103
-74.1284 40.0661 Green Cove Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee perlaunch
Rest rooms
Division St. Brick 08723 732-840-9090
-74.1317 40.0673 Johnson Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
route 70 Brick 08723 732-840-9530
-74.0748 39.9692 Lavallette Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Bay Blvd. Lavallette 732-793-2111
-74.0795 39.9484 Bayside Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayside Terrace Seaside Heights 732-793-8554
-74.1905 39.9464 East Dover Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Fisher Blvd. Toms river 732-270-1104
-74.1448 39.9395 Island Heights Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Residents only
Lake Dr. Island Heights 732-270-6415
-74.1318 39.9435 Gilford Park Yacht Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Toms River 732-269-9838
-74.1198 39.9273 Ocean Gate Yacht Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-2565
-74.085 39.9144 Seaside Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permits
Bayview Ave. and 13th St. S. Seaside Park 732-793-0234
-74.1129 39.923 Becker's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave.; Ocean Gate Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-3723
-74.1364 39.8863 Whitney's landing
Asphalt ramp
Fee per launch
Butler Blvd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-1186
-74.1415 39.8736 Downe's Fishing Camp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-0137
-74.1409 39.8736 Trixie's Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan Concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-5838
-74.1602 39.873 Up The Creek Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Harbor Inn Rd. Bayville 08721 732-269-6469
-74.1586 39.8608 Laurel Harbor Marina
Concrete ramp,
Fee per launch
Laurel Blvd. Lanoka Harbor 609-693-6111
-74.1886 39.8309 Rick's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Marine Plaza; Forkd River Forkd River 08731 609-693-2134
-74.1852 39.8306 Townsend's Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Lacey Rd. Forked River 609-693-6100
-74.1828 39.7919 Waretown Fishing Station
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bryant Rd. Waretown 08758 609-693-2813
-74.1867 39.7882 Mac's Dock
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Oregon Ave.; Waretown Waretown 08758 609-693-3658
-74.1114 39.7575 Barnegat Light Municipal Ramp
Asphalt ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. and 10th St. Barneget Light 08006 609-494-2343
-74.1799 39.6619 Surf City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal permits
Rest rooms
Division St. and Bay Ave. Surf City 609-494-3064
-74.216 39.6682 Margo's Inn Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 72; Manahawkin Manahawkin 609- 597-4970
-74.2813 39.6232 West Creek Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
No fee
Cedar Run and Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2702 39.6161 Mariners Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2961 39.609 Little Egg Harbor
Asphalt ramp
No fee
Brook St. Parkertown 609-296-7241
-74.238 39.5706 Beach Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Rest rooms
Foot of 9th St. Beach Haven 609-492-0111
-74.344 39.6018 Skinner's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bartlett Ave.;Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-3051
-74.332 39.5477 Captain Mike's
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-4406
-74.3349 39.5516 Rand's Boat
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-2964457
-74.3882 39.5395 Great Bay marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Radio Rd. tuckerton 08087 609-296-2392
-74.4698 39.5483 Chestnut Neck Boat Yard
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 9 Port Republic 609-652-1119
-74.37 39.4086 Brigantine Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
6th St. and Bay shore Ave. Brigantine 609-266-7600
-74.4879 39.4265 Absecon Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
no fee
East Faunce Landing Rd. Absecon 609-641-0663
-74.463 39.3514 Atlantic City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Blvd. Ave. Atlantic city 609-347-5421
-74.4782 39.3412 Ventnor Municipal Ramp
Sand beach launch
Small boats only
No fee
ski Beach Dorsett Ave. Ventnor 609-823-7904

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